Linguistics For Dummies

Linguistics For Dummies

eBook - 2012
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The fascinating, fun, and friendly way to understand the science behind human languageLinguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguistics students study how languages are constructed, how they function, how they affect society, and how humans learn language. From understanding other languages to teaching computers to communicate, linguistics plays a vital role in society. Linguistics For Dummies tracks to a typical college-level introductory linguistics course and arms you with the confidence, knowledge, and know-how to score your highest. Understand the science behind human lang.
Publisher: Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
ISBN: 9781118101599
1118101596
Characteristics: 1 online resource (387 p.)
Contents: Linguistics For Dummies; About the Authors; Authors' Acknowledgments; Contents at a Glance; Table of Contents; Introduction; About This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; What You're Not to Read; Foolish Assumptions; How This Book Is Organized; Icons Used in This Book; Where to Go from Here; Part I: Looking at Language through the Lens of Linguistics; Chapter 1: Knowing a Language Versus Knowing What Language Is; Uncovering the Traits of Language; Studying Language Scientifically; Playing the Language Game; Tuning In to Language: A Life-Changing Experience.
Chapter 2: Communicating with Language: The Design FeaturesStructuring the Ingredients of Communication; Focusing on the Users; Formulating the Message; Working the Code; Working the Signal; Part II: The Building Blocks of Language; Chapter 3: Building Sounds: Phonetics; Defining Phonetics; Getting to Know Your Speech Production System; Creating Consonants; Vocalizing Vowels; Hearing Sound Waves; Chapter 4: Putting Sounds Together: Phonology; Segmenting the Speech Stream; Contrasting Sounds with Each Other; Fitting Sounds Together with Phonological Rules; Grouping Sounds into Syllables.
Playing with MelodyChapter 5: Building Words: Morphology; Minding Your Morphemes; Discovering the Architecture of Words; Classifying Morphemes by Pronunciation; Navigating the Morphology Maze; Chapter 6: Creating Sentences: Syntax; Unlocking Sentence Structure: The Secret of Syntactic Generalization; Discovering the Atoms of Syntax; Holding Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand: Recursive Generative Rules; Working with Bigger Chunks of Structure: From Words to Phrases; Chapter 7: Making Sense of Meaning: Semantics; Looking for Meaning in Different Ways.
Modeling Meaning with Reference, Composition, and TruthCapturing Complex Meanings; Chapter 8: Using Language in Conversation: Pragmatics; Defining Pragmatics: Utterances in Context; Making Conversations Work; Saying It Makes It So; Situating a Conversation; Part III: The Social Life of Language; Chapter 9: Living with Language Variation: Sociolinguistics; Using Language As a Social Tool; Observing Language Variation; Investigating Why Language Varies; Chapter 10: Finding Family Relations: Historical Linguistics; Uncovering Family Ties; Reconstructing Indo-European.
Surveying the World's Language FamiliesChapter 11: Cataloguing Differences: Linguistic Typology; Choosing from the Language Smorgasbord; Investigating Sound Patterns; Looking at Word Formation; Observing Sentence Structure; Finding Different Ways to Express Meaning; Chapter 12: Beginning and Ending: Language Birth and Language Death; Finding Out How Human Language Got Started; Seeing New Languages Being Born; Losing Languages: What's Happening and Why; Debating Diversity: What Dies with a Language?; Part IV: Your Brain on Language: Learning and Processing Language.
Summary: The fascinating, fun, and friendly way to understand the science behind human languageLinguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguistics students study how languages are constructed, how they function, how they affect society, and how humans learn language. From understanding other languages to teaching computers to communicate, linguistics plays a vital role in society. Linguistics For Dummies tracks to a typical college-level introductory linguistics course and arms you with the confidence, knowledge, and know-how to score your highest. Understand the science behind human lang.

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